Spanish Courses

UC offers Spanish Courses for international Exchange students enrolled at UC. Depending on the program, the following is the list of courses available:


Course Number of HoursCreditsCost      N° of Students per course 
Intensive  60 Hours  10  USD$ 500 12 Minimum; 18 Max
Intermediate 1 Semester  40 Hours  6  USD$ 500 12 Minimum; 18 Max
Advanced 1 Semester  40 Hours  6  USD$ 500 12 Minimum; 18 Max
Proficient 1 Semester  40 Hours  6  USD$ 500 12 Minimum; 18 Max
Specialisation 1 Semester   40 Hours  6  USD$ 500 12 Minimum; 18 Max

For more information about Spanish Teaching and Training websites, you can check the following link

Intensive Spanish Course

It takes place in February and July only if there is a minimum of 12 students interested in taking the course. It is a three-week long course, it starts during the first or second week of February or July and it is held at Campus San Joaquin.

In case you are already accepted at the Exchange or Study Abroad Program and are interested in taking an intensive Spanish course before the beginning of the semester, please send an email to 

July 2019 Intensive Spanish Course Schedule (only for international students accepted in the exchange program).

  • Beginning:  Wednesday, July 10th 2019
  • End: Thursday, August 1st 2019
  • Schedule: Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 13:00 pm. 

One-Semester Courses

To take a one-semester Spanish Course, first you need to take a Diagnostic Test to check your actual level of Spanish.

  • First Semester: during the first half of March.
  • Second Semester: during the first half of August

Intermediate Level Course

 The Exchange Office, through the “Spanish For Foreigners Program”, offers a one-semester intermediate level course taught in 40 hours and worth 6 credits. This course is taught on a basis of two sessions per week during 13 weeks.

The content of the course is pretty general and covers elementary grammatical issues and the use of communicational skills, prioritizing the development and improvement of listening, reading comprehension and writing skills.

Advanced and Proficient Level Courses

Advanced and Proficient Level Courses are taught on a basis of two 90-minute sessions per week for a period of 13 weeks. The Spanish Diagnostic Test is a test the students need to take in order to enroll into this course.

The courses at the Advanced and Proficient levels aim at improving grammatical and textual analysis skills present at the different contexts of academic life.

Paraphrasing skills and abilities related to the reworking of complex structures are exercised on this course. Special emphasis is put on the development of abilities used in the production of oral and listening tasks due to discussion and lecturing sessions.

Specialization Level Course

The specialization level course consists of two 90-minute sessions per week for a period of 13 weeks. 

The specialization level course prioritizes the development of writing strategies as well as criteria for the analysis of texts. It focuses on the use of written Spanish and the correct use of advanced and specialized lexicon. Rules for the correct usage of orthography, grammatical resources and lexicon are also studied.

Customized courses

These types of courses are designed by request of external institutions, both in format and content, and provide the tools required to cover the communicational needs of international students or professionals working in Chile.

The courses can be structured so as to become intensive courses covered in 30 to 40 hours during a period of two weeks or they can be conceived as complementary courses covered in 2 to 3 sessions per week during the entire academic year.

Teachers organize debates and conversation panels with Chilean students as well as other activities that could give the students the chance to interact with the local community, both outside or at the university. Cultural trips are often organized too. These courses can be scheduled any time during the year and their cost is USD 150 per hour (with a maximum of 15 students per class). If you are interested in taking this course, please send an email to